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British Go Congress 2008

Hastings, E. Sussex

The 2008 British Go Congress will take place at the Horntye Park Sports Complex in Hastings, E. Sussex over the weekend of 2008 April 4–6.

Hastings is a picturesque seaside town best known for the Battle of Hastings 1066. Hastings was one of the Cinque Ports, but in the 19th Century its main industry became fishing. Later it became a watering place and finally, in Victorian times, a seaside resort with pier.


Horntye Park Sports Complex, Bohemia Road, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 1EX. See www.horntyepark.org .

Horntye Park is a new specially designed facility set in an attractive location with splendid views across Hastings and the sea. The Sports Complex provides a range of sporting facilities including County standard cricket pitches, all weather floodlight hockey and football surfaces plus a large indoor sports hall. It includes a Conference Centre with café and bar. Parking is free in evenings and at weekends.

The complex is a 20 minute walk from the town centre and the train station. Bus 711 to the Bohemia Road Fire Station, hourly (two hourly on Sunday). The Travelodge Hotel is 400m away.


There are many hotels and B&Bs in Hastings. The Travelodge is recommended as being very close to the venue. If booked many weeks in advance using the internet, a room (double bed or double bed plus 2 single beds) may be booked for £26 per night. Continental breakfast is £4.50, English £7.50. The hotel has a bar and restaurant. See www.travelodge.co.uk.

It now appears that the Travelodge has very few rooms at the rate mentioned. In any case, they have sold out and only have £59 rooms at present. Instead other hotels and B&Bs may be found through www.visit1066country.com/. One BGA member said "This is fairly well designed site and got me to a single room fairly quickly at a reasonable price of £28 per night. It is the Lindum Hotel in Carlisle Parade."

See the list at the end of the page for more hotels and guest houses within walking distance of the tournament.

Events and Timetable

The British Open will be played using the "BGA standard ruleset" at the time of the event. Games will be 50 minutes time limit with 30 moves in 5 minutes overtime. It is probable that a communal meal will be arranged in Hastings after the Saturday AGM. The Sunday timings endeavour to provide time to travel home in the evening.

As resolved at the last council meeting of 2007, the AGA ruleset will be in use throughout the weekend, even if the BGA membership determines to reject the rules at the AGM on the Saturday evening.

Train times (Valid as of September 2007)


Entry to the British Open is:

Entries (without payment - please pay at registration) by post or email to:

Provide your Name, Club, Grade, BGA membership, Contact details, which Events are being entered and which lunches are required.


Over the weekend emergency calls to the organisers should use the BGA phone number 07506-555366.

Car Travel: Follow the A21 all the way, do not follow "Town centre A2101". The complex is on the left heading towards Hastings.

Hastings Hotels and Guest Houses

These are within walking distance of the tournament venue.

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